Wednesday, January 24, 2018

American Foul Brood; a cure on the horizon

Dear Hawaiian Beekeepers, Our conference March 16, 17, and 18, 2018 in Cheyenne, Wyoming is a long distance from you, but may have topics of interest.

One of those topics is, American Foul Brood; a cure on the horizon, no more bonfires.
The instructor for this topic, Dr. Hope is doing research on a new treatment for American Foulbrood that kills the infectious bacteria using phages.  Phages are a type of virus that can only infect bacteria.  Dr. Hope has isolated specific phages that kill Paenibacillus larvae, the bacteria responsible for American Foulbrood.  She studies the phages in lab cultures from hive samples and has worked with beekeepers with infected hives to determine the efficacy of the phages to prevent spread or cure a hive from infection.  Her data is exciting and she is in the process of getting FDA approval to make the phages available to the general public.  Dr. Hope will share information about phages and her current research.

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